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Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2012 at 11:02am

Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2012 at 10:58am

Love the Secular Celebrations you posted Joan.

Winter Solstice is coming up.

That's really funny LOLcat booklover. You post the cutest lols.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2012 at 9:48am

Simply put.......beautiful words, Joan.  Thanks for posting.

Comment by booklover on November 24, 2012 at 8:19am

Comment by booklover on November 24, 2012 at 8:18am

That is lovely Joan.  I read it to my husband.~ Melinda

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2012 at 2:07am

Ian, a Harvest Home sounds perfect. 4th quarter would fit as the end of harvest arrives and preparation for winter begins. In my garden, it also means the end of drying, canning and freezing, a terribly busy time and one that leaves me exhausted. For me, dormancy begins after the final dishes are washed and put away after a huge dinner with family and friends. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2012 at 1:05am

Very, very well put, Joan. Can I put in a word for celebrating a "Harvest Home", placed wherever it fits in the local culture?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2012 at 12:50am

Winter Solstice 

December 20-21

Shortest Day

1sr Cross Quarter

February 4

Mid Winter Day

Spring Equinox 

March 20

Equal Spring Day

2nd Cross Quarter 

May 4

Mid Spring Day

Summer Solstice 

June 20-21

Longest Day

3rd Cross Quarter 

August 6

Mid Summer Day

Autumn Equinox 

September

Equal Autumn Day

4th Cross Quarter 

November 6

Mid Autumn Day

Let the celebrating begin with Secular Celebrations!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2012 at 11:41pm

Looking to positive, healthy, enriching, flourishing concepts that we can move toward: 

Celebrate the original "reason for the season", the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere with it's cycle of short days and long nights. 

Trees provide joy in our homes with their fragrant reminder of life all around us: birthing, living, and dying as part of the process of living.

Festive lights and candles sparkle away gloom and darkness of mid-winter, revealing the contemplative consciousness of eternal needs and quiet desires. 

Meals prepared by loving hands and community reminds us of the importance of family and being part of something incredibly huge and life sustaining.  Food on our tables also reminds us of the horrible reality of world hunger that can be solved with community effort and spirt. All hunger is political and can be cured. 

Music enriches our lives, touching a place inside us that can be touched by nothing else. It is that personal, quiet, eternal longing for harmony with others. 

The Wheel of the Year puts seasons into perspective of times for planting, tending, harvesting, resting, and perceiving beyond ourselves toward the Earth and the Universe in which it resides. All our good celebrations reflect those elements that come to us without our effort and even without our knowledge sometimes. 

May justice and peace come to all because of our understanding that we all exist on this planet as participants in life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2012 at 10:33pm

I could not get my Thanksgiving message through either. So, a belated greeting to all my Atheist Nexus friends, with special thanks for all your ideas, comments, reflections, and looking to positive, healthy, enriching, flourishing concepts that we can move toward and hopefully inspire others to learn. 

 

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